WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits for January 8, 2010

Spot LLC, a Globalstar Inc. subsidiary, and DeLorme unveil first handheld GPS with satellite communicator for custom messaging and emergency notification.
[CNN Money – 01/07/2010]


Loral and Barrett Xplore to deliver high thoughput satellite Ka-bans capacity for broadband services in Canada.
[SatNews – 01/07/2010]


Australia set to launch new satellite to help deliver digital TV to remote blackspots.
[Computer World – 01/07/2010]

SSTL has been selected by ESA to supply 14 navigation payloads for the deployment phase of the Galileo satellite navigation system.
[SpaceRef – 01/07/2010]

DIRECTV and Panasonic partner to bring 3D TV to the largest audience nationwide for the first time.
[SatNews – 01/07/2010]


Newtec set to supply Ka-band ready Sat3Play terminals and hub equipment.
[SatNews – 01/07/2010]

Landsat 5 unable to send image data to the ground since December 18; anomaly under investigation by U.S. Geological Survey Landsat Operations Team.
[SatNews – 01/07/2010]

DISH network and NewLion partner to distribute certain DISH Network international channels using NewLion’s IPTV service.
[SatNews – 01/07/2010]


Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Terra satellite captures image of Snow covering most of England.
[SatNews – 01/07/2010]

ESPN plans launch of 3D channel on June 11; channel to broadcast minimum of 85 live sporting events, the first to be the 2010 FIFA World Cup match in South Africa.
[KWTX – 01/07/2010]

OmniGlobe Networks intends to procure, launch, and operate a Ka-band Fixed Satellite Service satellite (CANUK-1) over Canada in 2013.
[SatNews – 01/06/2010]

Tob Cuban official says U.S. contractor detained last month in Cuba for distributing satellite communications equipment to dissidents worked for American "secret services."
[Reuters – 01/06/2010]

Indian test flight of a geo-synchronous satellite launch vehicle with a cryogenic engine rocket engine is put on hold to undergo final evaluation,
[Space Travel – 01/06/2010]

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captures first look at starry sky that it will sonn begin surveying in infrared light.
[SatNews – 01/06/2010]

Dish Network unveils TV Everywhere suite, which gives customers access to all of their live and recorded programming on a laptop, mobile device, or anywhere in the home wirelessly, at CES.
[CED Magazine – 01/06/2010]


SpaceX completes successful full duration orbit insertion test firing of the Falcon 9 second stage at Texas test site.
[SatNews – 01/05/2010]

While EchoStar and affiliate Sling Media are serving as the backbone of Dish Network’s TV Everywhere suite of services, they’re also offering four products for use by other video service providers.
[CED Magazine – 01/06/2010]

MTN Satellite Communications expands its maritime VSAT business, opening sales and engineering support offices in Hamburg, Germany.
[SatNews – 01/06/2010]

SatMAX, a leading global provider of wireless, non-line-of-sight equipment to extend satellite links, restructures debt in anticipation of expanding globally.
[CNN Money – 01/05/2010]

Globecomm Systems receives $9m contract extension from NATO for communications services and on-site support for the previously deployed BPS-based Blue Force Tracking System.
[Defense Industry Daily – 01/05/2010]

The United Launch Alliance receives a contract modification from U.S. Air Force for launch services for the WGS-4 satellite expected to launch between December 2011 and February 2012..
[UPI – 01/05/2010]

Discover, Sony, and IMAX to partner to create a 24-hour 3D television network in the U.S.
[Broadcasting Cable – 01/05/2010]


GulfMark Offshore selects CapRock’s always-on VSAT communications with 24/7 global support to deploy its broadband maritime service in the North Sea.
[Business Wire – 01/05/2010]

20 people on board sinking vessel 1200 nautical miles west of Chilean coast rescued with help of Falmouth, UK Coastguard, Chilean Coastguard, and U.S. Coastguard using satellite to relay distress signal.
[Falmouth Packet – 01/05/2009]

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Viet Nam okays second communications satellite for the country.
[Vietnam News – 01/05/2010]

DigitalGlobe announces full operational status of WorldView-2 satellite, with imagery now available to global resellers, partners, and customers.
[SatNews – 01/04/2010]

U.S. Air Force will pay to place its Space Based Space Surveillance satellite built by Orbital Sciences in storage because of continued technical difficulties with the Monotaur 5 rocket that was to have launched the satellite in October 2009,
[Space News – 01/04/2010]

Sri Lanka invites two top Malaysian telco operators, Maxis Communications Berhad, and Telekom Malaysia, to invest in Sri Lanka’s first satellite project.
[The Star – 01/04/2010]

iDirect acquires UK-based Parallel Limited, the developer of award-winning SatManage network management software suite.
[SatNews – 01/04/2010]

AsiaSat signes a capacity deal with Vietnam Multimedia Corp. (VTC) for multiple Ku-band transponders on AsiaSat 5.
[Satellite Today – 01/04/2010]

India initiates development of lasers and exoatmospheric kill vehicle that could be combined to produce weapon capable of destroying enemy satellites in orbit.
[SatNews – 01/04/2010]

O3b has a good year in spite of the economy7, with SES investing a total of $75m in the company, but the road ahead is not smooth.
[NSR report – January 2010]

More and more, developing countries turn to Earth Observation satellites to solve problems, meet new missions, and reach goals (example: success of NigeriaSat-1 and plans for NigeriaSat-2) though not all developing nations have the desire or political will to do it.
[NSR Report – January 2010]

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